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Before the Dust Bowl, there were many farming families living in areas like Oklahoma and Arkansas. They were content despite the Great Depression.
The Dust Bowl drastically affected these farming families by ruining their land. Unable to grow crops and pay daily expenses, they were forced to leave.
In Oklahoma, the population dropped 40% when they moved away. By 1940, 2.5 million people moved out of the plain states. Of those people, 200,000 moved to California.
The families that were welcomed into California, restarted their lives and continued their farming.
125 police acted as bouncers at the state border. They turned away undesired families in fear of being over-run. About 1,500 people arrived each day and most were not warmly welcomed.
https://migration.ucdavis.edu/rmn/more.php?id=788 http://www.ehow.com/list_7479648_migrant- workers-great-depression.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/american experience/features/general-article /dustbowl-mass-exodus-plains/ By Haley Hand and Alexis McHugh
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